Message DECEMBER 2009 by HC120831034013


									A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL…                    December 21, 2009-January 1, 2010 – Winter
                                                 Student Awards Programs
 Parents, I would like to take an opportunity    Location - Cafeteria
 to thank you for the support you offer all      December 1, 2009 – Fourth Grade - 9:00 a.m.
 year long. As you know, I attribute a           December 3, 2009 – Fifth Grade - 9:00 a.m.
                                                 December 16, 2009 – Grades 6, 7, and 8 –
 significant percentage of our school’s
                                                 8:45 a.m.
 success to your efforts and your
 commitment to our program and your              Upcoming Important Dates in January:
 children.                                       January 8, 2010 – Art designs for fifth grade
                                                 end of the year shirts are due.
 This year has been a challenging one for
 our country, our state, and our district.       January 12, 2010 – Applicant Tour #4
 Through it all, your support has not
 wavered.      I commend you on your             January 13, 2010 – PTA General Meeting
 dedication to your children and encourage
                                                 January 15, 2010 - Art designs for eighth grade
 you to continue working with us so that
                                                 end of the year shirts are due.
 together we can provide the best
 educational experience to our children.         January 15, 2010 – Magnet Applications are
 I am looking forward to the 2010 portion of
 this school year. As you know, we will be       January 18, 2010 – Observance of Dr. Martin
 promoting our first eighth grade class in       Luther King, Jr. Birthday – No School for
 just a few months and we are all proud of       students
 the many successes we will share in the
 upcoming months.

                                                 Two letters were recently sent home regarding
                                                 End of the Year activities for each grade level.
                                                 Parents, we need your support in returning the
                                                 requested information.
 There are several events taking place during
                                                 Thank you for your cooperation.
 the month of December.

 December 1, 2009 – Picture Re-take Day
 December 2, 2009 – PTA General Meeting at
 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria
 December 4, 2009 - Scoliosis Screening (Sixth   The application window for Miami-Dade
 Grade Students)                                 County Public Schools (MDCPS) Choice
 December 8, 2009 – Applicant Tour #3            Programs will be open until January 15,
 December 9, 2009 - Winter Symphony, Grades      2010. We have developed a survey to be
 2-4, at 8:45 a.m.                               completed by parents of students currently
 December 10, 2009 - Jump with Jill Program,     enrolled at Ada Merritt K-8 Center.
 Grades 2-4
 December 11, 2009 – Winter Symphony,            Please complete the attached survey and
 Grades 5-7, at 8:45 a.m.                        return to Ms. Gina Ferrandiz, Principal’s
 December 11-17, 2009 – Book Fair
                                                 Secretary, by Friday, December 18, 2009.
 December 14-18, 2009- Students in grades 3-8
 will take Winter Interim Assessments
 December 15, 2009 – First Grade PYP
 December 17-18, 2009 – Middle School            Parents, Miami-Dade County Public
 Teachers will distribute mid-term review        Schools has developed a Parent Resource
 packets to students.                            Guide       available     online     at
 December 18, 2009 – Sibling Information Due
 to Ms. Gina Ferrandiz
                                              We would like to recognize the students who
                                              won Superior in this year’s Science Fair.
Children deserve a safe environment to
learn in. To make our schools safer,          Elementary Students
everyone can and must pitch in.               Patrick Barham, Grade 5
                                              Julian Enriquez, Grade 3
Attached you will find helpful suggestions    Nikola Stojanovic, Grade 4
for students and parents of what they can
do individually and collectively to improve   Middle School Students
school safety.                                Jasmin Almonte
                                              Robbyn Jimenez
                                              Matthew Roman

                                              We would also like to thank Ms. Lourdes
                                              Cobas, Ms. Sonia Garcia, and Ms. Badoure
                                              Hernandez for their part in making the 2009
                                              Science Fair a success!
Midterm Study Guides will be distributed to
students on Thursday, December 17, 2009
and Friday, December 18, 2009. The
schedule for the 2009-2010 Midterm
Exams is as follows:                          Parents, please do not discard novels and
                                              trade books that you purchase for your child to
                                              read in class. Instead, we are asking you to
                                              donate the books to your child’s teacher so that
      Tuesday, January 12, 2010:             the books can be recycled for the following
                periods 1 and 3               school year. Thank you for your support and
      Wednesday, January 13, 2010:           cooperation.
                periods 2 and 4
      Thursday, January 14, 2010:
                periods 5 and 7
      Friday, January 15, 2010:
                periods 6 and 8
      Tuesday, January 19, 2010:   period
       7 and make-up                          Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS)
      Wednesday, January 20, 2010: period    is committed to providing a safe teaching and
       8 and make-up.                         learning environment for students, staff, and
                                              members of the community. On January 16,
                                              2008, the School Board approved a newly
                                              revised Code of Student Conduct (COSC). The
                                              revised COSC identifies, recognizes, and
                                              rewards model student behavior within a
                                              framework      of   clearly  established   and
Please see the attached letter regarding      enforceable rules and policies. It advocates a
clubs.     If your child is interested in     holistic approach to promoting and maintaining
                                              a safe learning environment and requires active
participating in one of the clubs, he/she
                                              participation from students, parents/guardians,
must complete the form and submit it to       and       school     staff.   Students     and
Ms. Clark, Middle School Coordinator, by      parents/guardians can access the English and
December 15, 2009                             Haitian/Creole versions of the document on the
                                              M-DCPS            Website      located       at:
                                              ndes.htm or you may request a copy from your
                                              child’s school. The Spanish version of this
                                              document will be forthcoming.
                                                              Providing students with breakfast in the
                                                               classroom setting is associated with
The school district believes that standards for
student behavior must be set cooperatively                     lower tardy rates and fewer disciplinary
                                                               office referrals.
through interaction among the students,
                                                              School breakfast programs can lower
parents/legal guardians, staff, and community
                                                               absence and tardiness rates and
members creating an atmosphere that
                                                               improve standardized achievement test
encourages students to grow in self-discipline.
The development of this atmosphere requires                    scores.
respect for self and others, as well as for district
and community property on the part of
students, staff, and community members. Since
students       learn   by      example,     school
administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers will    Effective immediately, parents, students,
demonstrate appropriate behavior; treat others         employees and community members who wish
with civility and respect, and refuse to tolerate      to volunteer at your school should register on-
bullying or harassment (M-DCPS Code of                 line through the M-DCPS portal(s).
Student Conduct).
                                                       Parents, please remember to sign-in if you plan
Miami-Dade County Public Schools has an                to be in school after 8:30 a.m. A Volunteer /
Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy. Please            Visitor’s Badge can be obtained from the Main
speak to your child about reporting any bullying       Office. Please use the same procedure when
or harassment to a school official.           All      visiting the park while physical education
allegations will be investigated.                      classes are in session. Please assist us in
Please ensure you review the Code of Student           keeping our students safe.
Conduct with your child.

                                                       Please be reminded that if your child is absent
The Parent and Student Handbook was                    from school; he/she must bring a written note,
provided to all parents on the first week of the       within three school days,      explaining the
2009-2010 school year.         The Parent and          absence(s) in order to be excused.         The
Student Handbook outlines district and school          following are considered excused absences:
policies on attendance, conduct, grading,
arrival/dismissal, lunch, peanut/nut free practice             a. student illness
and many more important topics. Thank you.                     b. medical appointment
                                                               c. death in family
                                                               d. observance of a religious holiday or
                                                                  service when mandated for all
                                                                  members of a faith that such a
                                                                  holiday or service be observed
                                                               e. school-sponsored event or activity
Breakfast is free for all students. Please                        previously approved
encourage your child to come by the Cafeteria                  f. other individual student absences
in the morning and to take advantage of the                       approved by the principal
free breakfast provided for every student.
                                                       Parents, we appreciate the great effort being
Breakfast is served until 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.        made thus far to have students in school on
                                                       time. Please continue supporting us as we
School breakfast improves student behavior             encourage students to be on time to school
and learning environments.                             everyday.

       Schools that provide breakfast in the          If you do not provide a written note explaining
        classroom to all students show                 the absence(s) it will be considered unexcused.
        decreases     in     tardiness      and
        suspensions as well as improved                Please review the attached letter regarding the
        student behavior and attentiveness.            Attendance Plan.
Please note that parents will automatically
receive a Connect Ed message once the
student has three absences.

                                                                   Keep it neat,
                                                                 Stay in your seat!
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is                            Don’t eat or touch,
taking general precautions against the flu.                   Your neighbor’s lunch!
Health experts are anticipating the second
wave of H1N1 influenza during the 2009-                     Check the table and floor,
2010 school year. Miami-Dade County                        Before you walk out the door.
Public Schools are emphasizing three main
points in protecting yourself and others                        It’s the cool scene,
from being exposed.                                          To keep our school clean!

       Frequent and thorough            hand
        washing throughout the day.

       Cover your cough with a tissue if
        available or with your shoulder or        Parents, to promote balanced, caring,
                                                  cooperative, and respectful citizenship, we
                                                  have initiated the “Keep it Neat!” Campaign.
                                                  During breakfast and lunch the students are
       Stay home from work or school if
                                                  encouraged to make sure they don’t drop
        you are sick.                             wrappers, utensils, napkins or other items on
                                                  the cafeteria floor. In addition, students are
We also are making sure that all schools
                                                  encouraged to talk with friends, read or just
have the basic supplies necessary to help         enjoy a quiet meal. Students may not walk
students and staff keep their hands clean.        around the cafeteria. Instead, they are to wait
                                                  for their teacher during lunchtime to arrive
Parents can assist in this effort. If you or      before they throw their tray and/or other items
your child exhibit flu-like symptoms,             away.
including headache, tiredness, cough, sore
throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, or
diarrhea and vomiting, it’s very important
that you stay at home, to prevent exposing
others to your illness. Seek further medical
assistance, if needed.
                                                  Let’s be mindful that Ada Merritt K-8 Center is a
                                                  peanut/nut free school. Please refrain from
                                                  sending to school any peanut or nut containing
                                                  products. In order to avoid accidental contact I
                                                  am urging all parents to discourage their
                                                  children from sharing foods, utensils, and
Remember that there is no eating or drinking in   containers.
the Media Center. We need to keep the
computers clean and in working condition. It is
important that we follow the Media Center rules
so that the Media Center can be maintained in
the best condition for our students. Your
cooperation is greatly appreciated.

                                                          Please assist us in respecting all
                                                            crosswalks and speed limits around our
                                                  school. Miami-Dade County ranks #1 in the
                                                  State of Florida and 3 in the nation for
                                                  pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Our students
                                                  will participate in the WalkSafe Program in our
continued efforts to reduce the number of           The January Student of the Month Celebration
pedestrian injuries and fatalities.                 will take place on Wednesday, January 27,

Parents, please keep in mind that the
“walkers” dismissal area is for parents who
stand and wait for their child’s class to be
dismissed. The teacher acknowledges the
parent(s) and the child then walks to where you

Please note that if you want to have your child
come to your car you must use the circular
driveway located at the opposite side of the
school (4 Street). We need your support and
cooperation to ensure the safety of our
students during arrival and dismissal.
                                                    Thank you for reading the December Newsletter!
Additionally, please use caution when dropping
off and picking up your child. For safety and      This pass entitles you to one homework-free night.
convenience, we are recommending that you
please use the circular driveway area.            Student Name __________________________

This is a reminder that students whose            Pass used on ____________________________
homeroom classroom is in Building One should
wait for their teacher to pick them up at 8:20    Teacher’s
a.m.    Students whose homeroom class is          Signature______________________________
located in Building Two should wait for their
teachers sitting outside their assigned           Teachers, please return this Principal’s Homework
classroom.       Security monitors will be        Pass to Ms. B. Garcia.
supervising the students. Parents are not
allowed in classrooms during the morning drop-
off. Please understand that school must begin     This coupon expires on January 29, 2010.
promptly at 8:30 a.m. and we need your
support in maximizing instructional time.         *Exclusions: May not be used for special projects
Accordingly, please ensure your child is in his   (science or otherwise).
or her classroom by 8:30 a.m.

The purpose of the Student of the Month
ceremony is to recognize students who have
demonstrated attributes from the International
Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile, for
example: being an inquirer, knowledgeable, a
thinker, a communicator, principled, open-
minded, caring, risk-taker, balanced, and/or
reflective. This includes showing the following
attitudes:       appreciation,     confidence,
commitment, cooperation, curiosity, creativity,
empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity,
respect and tolerance.

The format of the Student of the Month
ceremony has changed. The ceremonies will
still take place each month; however, they will
take place in the afternoon at 1:15 p.m. in the
cafeteria. Students will receive a t-shirt, a
pencil, a certificate and will make their own
special ice-cream creations.

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